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BIFF has gained a reputation that far exceeds its size. It is known far and wide for its warm welcome, great downtown and attentive audiences. Filmmakers talk about the Beloit experience around the world. “We hear it all the time,” says BIFF Executive Director Max Maiken. “Filmmakers tell us that, of all the film festivals they go to, Beloit is the most accommodating and has the best audiences, asking great questions, and showing the artists how much their work has impressed them.” “These filmmakers are dedicated artists who want people to see and comment on their work, and they get it in Beloit.”
The front line in creating that great impression rests with the volunteers who make BIFF happen. BIFF2018 volunteer chairs Nancy and Jim Heidt, note that volunteers interact with guests at every level. “We pick up filmmakers at the airport and the bus and we tuck them in at their hotels. Hosts and ticket takers at the venues interact with artists and audiences, welcoming and introducing our guests.”
According to the Heidt’s, “BIFF needs 300-400 “Ambassadors” each year to cover all the jobs that need to be done. Volunteers may sign up online at beloitfilmfest.org/festival/volunteers. However, if you want to learn more about the various opportunities to help, you should stop by in person at the registration desks that we will have at Bushel and Peck’s Local Market on three successive Saturdays on Feb. 3, Feb. 10 and Feb 17 from 9 to noon. There will also be training sessions on Feb. 17 at, 1p.m. and Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m.”
For more information on volunteering, please call 773-818- 5010.
The Beloit International Film Festival, celebrating its 13th season, is sponsored by the Hendricks Group in association with Beloit College and with additional support provided by Visit Beloit. Support for BIFF comes from area businesses and civic organizations. Community support is provided through membership in the Film Society of Beloit, the BIFF Founders, and through individual contributions throughout the year.